Hello, it's Semblance. How has the series influenced the way you behave in real life? It has made me a lot more paranoid. This may not come as a surprise to many of you, but I have always been somewhat secretive and had a thirst for knowledge. During family functions, I would often sneak up the stairs(where the adults stayed) and recorded their conversations with a recording device. Rest Pleasantly.
Post by Optimism is my Phil-osophy on Dec 6, 2022 8:50:00 GMT -5
It is a pity that I have little time to write on the subject. But in short, ASOUE affected my mind, haunted my dreams, made me appreciate the intelligence of children and others who are often discriminated against for their eccentricities. ASOUE helped me to be more creative, and it helped me to enjoy reading. ASOUE helped me to distrust the news, and to beware of mold. ASOUE helped me to reason while reading something. ASOUE helped me to be wary of self-centered people, and to enjoy detective stories.
Post by Tiran O'Saurus on Dec 6, 2022 9:09:13 GMT -5
Less from the books themselves, but I've learnt a lot about investigating upcoming works from our investigations into ________NN, and of course old posts from before the release of ATWQ and the Netflix show.
Post by FileneNGottlin on Dec 6, 2022 13:43:05 GMT -5
A lot of media-- ATWQ got me into jazz and Raymond Chandler. More recently, I don't know if I would've found Elizabeth Bishop, who I've come to adore, if "Wading at Wellfleet" hadn't been in Poison for Breakfast (or seen the movie Midnight(1939), which is excellent).
But I think more importantly the books gave me an outlook on life that's been very helpful in these times-- I remember reading an article about the psychological benefits of watching horror movies, and ASOUE probably had the same influence on a lot of us. And then there's also the love of books and literature... I might write a longer thing about this someday. I discovered these books at a very formative time of my life, and they certainly still influence me.
"The world, no matter how monstrously it may be threatened, has never been known to succumb entirely." - The End
Post by Gregor Anwhistle on Dec 6, 2022 16:14:26 GMT -5
I could prattle on endlessly about how this series influenced me, from my sense of humor to my love of mysteries, but I'll keep it to the two biggest areas: my art and writing.
As an artist: I was strongly influenced by Brett Helquist's distinct illustrations. Particularly the way he draws clouds; I refer to my style of drawing clouds as "Helquist Clouds." If you examine my art from the period when the books were coming out, you'll notice a lot of characters with sinister scowls glancing suspiciously over their shoulders lol. But I also loved watching Helquist's style evolve over the course of the series. Books 1 thru 4 had heavier crosshatch marks that gave everything an itchy, grimy sort of feel. Books 5 and 6 saw his shading become more subtle and I tried to emulate that in my own work. And his use of color really popped in the later books, the covers of TGG and TPP are still my favorites.
As a writer: Back when I was a member of The Quiet World forums (RIP for anyone here who remembers that site) I used to post a lot of Snicket fanfics. That awoke my love of writing and eventually led me to start writing my own original stories. I ended up writing for the school newspaper and decided I wanted to pursue writing and illustrating as a career, all thanks to Snicket.
Snicket also introduced me to the writings of P.G. Wodehouse. If you remember in TGG, Captain Widdershins lists all the other V.F.D. diving suits that used to exist. I was intrigued by the name "P.G. Wodehouse" so I found some of his books at the library and I've been a fan ever since.
"If the moon smiled, she would resemble you. You leave the same impression of something beautiful, but annihilating." -- Sylvia Plath
"One mistake, Gregor, and your entire facility would have to be abandoned. Please, do not become the thing you dread most by adopting the destructive tactic of our most villainous enemies: playing with fire." -- Kit Snicket